Friday, July 1, 2011

Hook the One Sentence Pitch

I entered the one sentence pitch contest on Operation Awesome today. I made it in by the seat of my pants being entrance number 50 of 50 allowed. 

Alas, I was running out of time and didn't read this great article about one sentence pitches, we'll see if the luck of the Irish is on my side, or the save the best for last theory? My favorite part of the article is two pitches written for "Wizard of Oz," you have to check out the second one, it's hilarious.

In the New York Times book review inserts over the past few weekends there have been some fabulous one sentence pitches for several YA book releases. I must have read them a dozen times, repeatedly in awe at how much is captured about the book in so few words. I'm not quite at that level of clarity, but practice makes perfect. Here was the pitch I submitted, just in case I need to refer back to this at some point.

Renna Healy wasn't born part-lion, she became one by accident at the age of sixteen, forcing her to find a way to control her inner-beast before she kills someone.

It's a bit choppy, but I feel like I'm getting closer:)


Angelica R. Jackson said...

I like this synopsis better than the one in your query for Pitch U--it really helps to get to the absolute heart of the story, doesn't it?

Deana said...

Ooo, good luck on the contest!

Christina Mercer said...

Great Pitch!! I missed the contest :( (out of town--no internet) but I'm rooting for you and Angelica :-))

Anonymous said...

I like it...